Lady Gaga accused of copying Madonna’s "Express Yourself" in new single "Born This Way"
Lady Gaga’s "Born This Way"
Lady Gaga released her much-awaited single "Born This Way" on Friday and within minutes, netizens and critics accused her of copying Madonna’s 1989 hit "Express Yourself," reports SFGate.com.
Madonna’s brother and music manager Chris Ciccone told Radar Online, "All I can say is ’What the f**k!’ It sounds just like ’Express Yourself.’ I can’t believe it to tell you the truth."
According to E! Online, there was such an outpour of comparisons between the two tracks that "Express Yourself" became a trending topic on Twitter when Lady Gaga’s single dropped. American Idol finalist and Daughtry frontman Chris Daughtry Tweeted, "Just listened to a clip of Lady Gaga ’Born This Way’ and I gotta say...sounds a lot like ’Express Yourself’ from Madonna... A lotta peeps are saying the same thing so maybe I won’t get raked over the coals:)"
Meanwhile, Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton Tweeted, "Express Yourself 2.0 is what people are saying? I’ll happily take that!!!"
Madonna’s live performance of "Express Yourself" in 1989
Madonna has not commented on the new track but a video of her live performance of "Express Yourself" in 1989 was uploaded on her Youtube page on Saturday. E! Online reports, "Don’t look for an all-out feud (between) this duo. Gaga has constantly referred to Madonna as a big influence in her career, so perhaps if there are similarities, it’s simply just a tribute to the pop icon."
Yahoo Music described Gaga’s new track as "overworked, overwrought, noisy, cheesy, and very, very derivative" and said, "That doesn’t mean it isn’t catchy-or that it won’t become Billboard’s 1,000th Hot 100 Number One next week-but it’s literally a hot mess."
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone wrote, "It’s actually much better than ’Express Yourself,’ because it's faster, with Gaga chanting ’Don't be a drag / Just be a queen’... You can complain all you want about the tip of the leather cap to ’Express Yourself,’ which was just Madonna's knock-off of the Staple Singers’ ’Respect Yourself.’ But ’Born This Way’ is steeped in decades of gay disco tradition, with a heavy Seventies-style thump-thump from Patrick Hernandez’ 1979 classic ’Born to Be Alive.’"